Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia has confirmed the club and head coach Fadlu Davids have parted ways.
SABC Sport further understands Davids and his assistant coach Darian Wilken could be cross paths with Josef Zinnbauer in Morocco having worked together with the German mentor at Orlando Pirates two seasons ago.
Zinnbauer was earlier this month appointed by Raja Casablanca and has been allowed to rope in his own backroom staff, which looks likely to included Davids after the two also briefly reunited in Russia at Lomomotiv Moscow where they were sacked following a handful of games.
Kadodia told SABC Sport on Monday afternoon letters were sent to Davids and his entire technical team releasing them from their contracts less than a week after the club was relegated from the DStv Premiership. He said he was aware of talks between the coach and Raja Casablanca.
“We informed the coach and his entire technical team we will be letting them go, so they are free really to go wherever they want,” the chairman explained.
“It’s disappointing, but we heard about talks with Raja Casablanca some 10 days ago and this is while we were still fighting for survival before we eventually got relegated. But we wish coach Fadlu and his team all the best.”
On Sunday night Kadodia issued a scathing statement on the club’s website bemoaning the lack of effort from the players and the fact that Davids has now been allowed to leave speaks volumes.
“To the members of the board, it was a moment of disappointment, as the inability to score even a single goal came at a significant financial cost of R50 million.
“To the players, we felt betrayed by a few individuals whose questionable concessions of goals during the critical stages of our battle for survival proved detrimental.
“The absence of an attacking approach in search of a winning goal was overshadowed by unappealing defensive tactics,” the chairman commented.
“It is disheartening to realize that you unwittingly assisted those who hindered our progress, even as the club diligently fulfilled its obligation to honour your contracts and provide timely salary payments.”
Sources in North Africa have given a strong hint Davids and Wilken could very well be in advanced talks with Raja to join Zinnbauer’s backroom staff.